There’s still time for Congress to pick up the pieces of change to stabilize the healthcare system. The fate of the Affordable Care Act has yet to be determined. Meanwhile, people wait by paying extremely high premiums and there are mountains of out-of-pocket bills on the kitchen table. Where is the affordability of the Affordable Care Act?
Tick Tock for insurance companies. They are under a timeline for filing dates this summer. Insurance companies still have time to decide whether to offer ACA plans. By withdrawing the ACA plans, things will begin to return to the period before the law was signed. This time capsule may be good for many.
Insurance companies may begin screening for health conditions. Don’t panic yet! Years ago, the only problem with pre-existing conditions was not whether an insurance company would take you, but which. Every insurance company had personalities for health conditions. Just because a major insurance company rejected one didn’t mean you couldn’t get health insurance from another company. Insurance brokers had to match the personality with the insurance company. It’s that simple.
If nothing happens by the end of March, we may move on to further increases in health plans in 2019. This is terrible news for people on the verge of losing their health insurance due to the cost. Not everyone is well enough to pay for health insurance smoothly, and many more do not qualify for any government subsidies for premiums.
Governors in Alaska, Ohio, Colorado, Pennsylvania, and Nevada came up with a “Bilateral Plan to Improve Our Nation’s Health System Performance.” It brings together a high-level overview of what some changes should be. It’s not specific enough to make a difference. Maybe it’s too early at this point. However, policyholders need some answers and tangible proof that something will change that will benefit them.
Collective action by 20 U.S. States recently sued the federal government, alleging that the law is no longer constitutional after the repeal of the individual mandate that began in 2019. Individuals and families who do not have ACA-compliant coverage will no longer be taxed in 2019. Individual Authority It was the very rule that the Supreme Court found to be unconstitutional as a tax penalty in 2012.
The future of the law and health plans are yet to be determined. Since 2014, most policies seem to change every year. Every year premiums increase and policies cover less and less. At what point is the breaking point? In this race against time, we will have to wait until the clock stops to see if real change is coming.